Wednesday 1 December 2010

Celebrate the Romance of Travel with Abercrombie & Kent this Valentine's Day

Celebrate romance with 'once in a lifetime' travel experiences tailored by Abercrombie & Kent. Here are our top suggestions and can be coupled with gorgeous images:

Safari luxury
Tucked away in Botswana's remote Okavango Delta, the five luxurious suites at Baines' Camp have mobile four-poster beds, offering the choice of sleeping under the stars or under canvas. The unforgettable Elephant Experience is available here too when guests spend a morning with a family of semi habituated elephants and their handler.

A&K's 9 day 'African Waterways' safari is a private journey combining stays at three of A&K's award-winning Sanctuary Lodges & Camps including Baines' Camp. Prices from $9285 per person twin share.

Mysteries of Egypt
Experience the timeless beauty of Egypt from the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Pyramids to the temples of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. Then relax for 7 nights in a Royal Suite on board the intimate Sun Boat III taking in the Nile and all its attractions at a leisurely pace. Professional Egyptologists bring to life the myriad of intriguing temples and tombs visited along the way and guests are free to enjoy complimentary drinks on board and outstanding cuisine.

A&K's 12 day 'Land of the Pharaohs' is a private journey including a leisurely seven night cruise aboard Sun Boat III. Prices from $7895 per person.

Exotic Turkey
European with a dazzling touch of the East, Turkey has allure written all over it. Starry-eyed romantics will be taken in by the rich history and heritage, the exquisite cuisine, the glorious beaches and coastline and its dramatic landscapes. It's difficult to go past Istanbul's Four Seasons at the Bosphorus where you'll feel like Ottoman nobility in sumptuous and spoiling surrounds. Consider a hammam for two and while away an afternoon.

A&K's 10 day 'Treasures of Turkey' is a private journey featuring a stay at Four Seasons at the Bosphorus. Prices from $9335 per person.

Splendid South Australia
For a romantic retreat close to home hot foot it to Kangaroo Island and the area's only world-class wilderness lodge. 21 suites here thoughtfully blend into the surrounding vegetation while commanding spectacular ocean, beach and wilderness views. Service here is second to none and you'll revel in the 'eco-chic' interiors and the signature spa. Dining is a treat and there's magnificent coastal scenery and abundant wildlife to discover.

A&K's 6 day 'South Australian Splendours' is a private journey featuring a 2 night stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. Prices from $5784 per person.

Indian spice and colour

On an A&K tailored journey to India, honeymooners dine in one of the world's most romantic settings - a pontoon floating on Lake Pichola in Udaipur with the illuminated City Palace as a backdrop. In the dreamy lake city, A&K guests stay at the famous and atmospheric Taj Lake Palace situated in the middle of Lake Pichola. Or a short drive away in the Aravalli Hills is the luxurious all-suite Devi Garh where the use of marble and semi-precious stones creates a look of contemporary India and yoga on the roof at dawn is not to be missed.

A&K's 14 day 'Splendours of Rajasthan' is a private journey offering a selection of palace hotels and boutique properties. Prices from $8395 per person.

An Argentine Escape
Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Buenos Aires is a city of passionate Portenos who revel in fun, food and fashion. It boasts exquisite hotels from boutique boltholes to elegant neoclassical palaces, fascinating monuments, excellent restaurants and shopping to die for. There's as much or as little to do and it's the perfect place for two to tango!

A&K's 8 day 'Argentine Reflections' is a private journey including 3 nights in Buenos Aires. Prices from $7620 per person.

Barefoot luxury in the Indian Ocean
Soneva Gili Resort & Six Senses Spa in the Maldives exudes privacy and exclusivity. Their 'no shoes no news' policy is the key to totally unwinding and relaxing. Accommodation is beach chic in over-water stilted villas all with king-size beds, open-air bathrooms, overwater and rooftop sundecks, sumptuous daybeds and personal entertainment systems.

Italian Indulgence
Synonymous with love where else to mark a momentous marriage or while away lazy days with a loved one but Italy? Art, architecture, food and wine, elegance and glamour, it's all there in spades. From the iconic monuments of Rome to the Renaissance treasures of Florence and the dreamy canals of Venice, an unforgettable experience is guaranteed.

A&K's 8 day 'Inside Italy' is a private journey to Rome, Florence and Venice. Prices from $8015 per person.

Your own private island
Picture a tiny coral cay, with perfect white sand and turquoise blue sea and it's all yours. Well at Wilson Island that can be you with just the birds and turtles (oh, and your attentive staff) for company. You stay in designer-inspired tented accommodation and commune with nature, snorkelling, exploring the island, turtle watching (in season) and bird viewing or simply lazing in a hammock gazing across the wondrous Great Barrier Reef.

Prices from $5508 per night based on a 4 night stay.

Naturally New Zealand
Blissfully situated on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of the world's most beautiful and dynamic cities. So for a bit of adventure combined with sophisticated urban comforts, A&K recommends

Eichardt's Private Hotel for winter honeymooners or a Valentine's treat. There's only 9 suites here, all meticulously kitted out with super-king size beds, fireplace, dressing room and bathroom with vast bath tub and heated floor. Meals here are a culinary journey where the chefs use fresh and organic produce sourced from local growers, with wines to match. After a day's exploring, skiing, hiking, golfing, jet boating, fly-fishing or simply relaxing you'll quickly call Eichardt's home.

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